This week was absolutely perfect!!
We spent everyday exploring the city and learning about the rich history of Rome’s past. Our professor here is the best and loves art history as much as he loves to teach it. I feel like I’ve already learned so much!!
Sunday we went on a walk with our professor to Palatine hill which overlooks Rome. After the walk we went to Mama Eats which our professor’s wife recommended and has some of the yummiest pizza I’ve ever had.
Monday was spent at the Capitoline Museum, which has the most amazing artifacts from the Classical Greek period in art history! I was blown away by some of the sculptures we were able to see. After a quick lunch break we visited the Pantheon and were able to go inside. The Pantheon is so underrated it really is one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen!! I was extremely content.
On Thursday we toured the catacombs outside the city, and spent the rest of the day exploring the Via Appia, which is a gorgeous old roman road!
Friday was good Friday, and we had a free day! We spent the day shopping and exploring. We wandered around trying to familiarize ourselves with the city. We went to the Spanish Steps, and the Lindt store by the pantheon.
Saturday we went to Amalfi! We took the metro to Termini, where we took a train to Salerno. In Salerno we took a bus to Amalfi! The bus ride was overcrowded and gross. It took us up a narrow road in the cliffs above the coast. It was well worth it when we made it to gorgeous Amalfi!! It’s the cutest little town with a very authentic Italian feel to it. The bus dropped us off right across the street from the beach. We got in the water despite the fact that it was maybe 45 degrees! After swimming around for 20 minutes or so we went exploring the little shops looking for a restaurant to eat dinner. We ate at a little pizza place up the road past a fountain and up some stairs. I had gnocchi!
We spent a few minutes at the souvenir shops after dinner before rushing back to the bus stop to get tickets and catch a bus. We ended up getting on the wrong bus, and riding 10 or 15 minutes before we realized we were going the wrong way. We ended up running down a mountain to get back to Amalfi in time to catch the next bus. The mountain path we found was gorgeous and had amazing views of the coast! Probably my favorite part of the whole day. When we made it back to the bus stop, we realized there were way too many people already waiting in line for us to successfully make it on to the bus and back to Salerno in time for our train back to Rome, so we took a taxi back instead. Overall it was an amazing experience! I loved Amalfi, and all of the beautiful views.